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Producers and Crew

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CHINA GALLAND

PRODUCER / WRITER

Seen here with Doris Vittatoe co-collaborator in the struggle to open Love Cemetery, China Galland is an award-winning author, speaker, university lecturer, and former wilderness guide. Recipient of the 2009-2010 “Courage of Conscience Award” from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA, and a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency on Whidbey Island, WA, Galland is also a Professor in Residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the national Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation. Her book on Love was the genesis of this documentary. Love is her sixth non-fiction book to be published.

DANIELLE DRAKE-BURNETTE

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Danielle Burnette, PhD in clinical psychology, is a graduate of the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) Expressive Arts Therapy program and currently works as an adjunct/assistant professor in the program.  She has eight years' experience working in the non-profit sector as the program director for the Pivotal Point Youth Services and as the founder and executive director of Creative Cocoon for Girls.  Her PhD is from the Fielding Graduate University with research studies focusing on work with African American individuals and families around healing the inter-generational trauma of slavery using expressive arts therapy.  Danielle is also the author of Cast Iron Life, a collection of poems and recipes, as well as a spoken word artist who continues to perform throughout the U.S.  She was the Oakland Poetry Slam Champion in 2003, and most recently performed in a spoken word tribute to Cornel West.

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ALDO BILLINGSLEA

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

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BEN GALLAND

DIRECTOR / EDITOR

At Santa Clara University Billingslea teaches American Theatre from the Black Perspective, a seminar on August Wilson, Acting for Non Majors, Acting,  Acting Styles: Shakespeare, and Acting for the Camera.  He has acted and directed at theater companies around the country, including the American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Portland Repertory Theatre, Theatre Three in Dallas, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, San Diego's Old Globe Theater, to name a few

Ben Galland is an award-winning director who owns and operates Oceanic Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has directed documentaries, short films and music videos for clients such as PBS, Fox, Warner Brothers, Current TV and others.  In 2002, Vertical Frontier won "Best Climbing FIlm" at the BANFF International Mountain film festival which he Co-Produced and Edited. In 2004, Galland won "Best Story" at the X-Dance film festival in Park City, Utah for Skating through the Ashes which he directed and edited. 

 

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BARRY OPPER

PRODUCER

ALEXIS YANCEY

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Barry Opper has produced eleven featured films, two series for episodic television, some thirty stage plays and multiple other projects.  He is also a writer, presently talking to directors about his screenplay scheduled for production in the fall of 2023.  Recently he produced a feature length documentary entitled Slingshot about a life-saving device bringing clean water to under-served communities around the world.  He spent several years in West Africa teaching school in a fifty hut, upcountry village and later working on his award winning documentary a few hundred miles from this tiny village in Liberia.  

 

Alexis Yancey is an award-winning television producer who is owner and executive producer of Alexis Yancey Productions, based in Dallas, Texas. Alexis Yancey Productions produces news, documentaries and newsmagazine segments, talk show interviews and segments, features, stories, shows, live shots, television and radio ads and public service announcements.Clients include CBS News, CNN, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Donahue, PBS affiliate KERA-TV, The Emmitt Zone Show with Emmitt Smith, Fox News Edge, Judge Alex, Hispanics Today and Teleworks’ Millennium Mark: A Journey of Change, which was the 2000 Questar Awards Grand Prize Winner for Best of Show & Broadcast Campaigns.

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LILLIAN BENSON

CONSULTING EDITOR

As the editor of two episodes of the milestone PBS series Eyes on the Prize II (1990), Lillian Benson was part of a dynamic group of filmmakers who changed how the public perceived African-American history — and how the film and television industry regarded African-American documentarians.  She continues to create notable work today. She also embodies the profession’s highest personal and collegial standards, the recognition of which is reflected by her selection as the 2017 recipient of the Motion Picture Editors Guild’s 2017 Fellowship and Service Award.